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Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

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  • Prep 1 hr 15 min
  • Total 2 hr 15 min
  • Ingredients 11
  • Servings 8
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Stuffed with hearty ingredients like seasoned ground beef, onions and rice, these delicious cabbage rolls baked with tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese make for a perfect comfort food meal during the cold winter months, and are a nice departure from your typical pasta dishes and hearty casseroles. With 11 ingredients that are probably already hanging out in your pantry, this delightful dish makes 8 servings¬—perfect for a casual dinner night in.

Don’t rule out this recipe, even if you’re not the biggest fan of cabbage! There’s a reason why stuffed cabbage rolls are incredibly popular in other parts of the world, especially in Eastern Europe. They’re a classic comfort food meal — and a nice departure from your typical pasta dishes and hearty casseroles.

Updated Aug 9, 2023
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What are stuffed cabbage rolls?

Basically, they’re great big leaves of cabbage filled with good stuff — an idea that dates back thousands of years and has shown up around the world, from Europe to the Middle East to the Amazonian forests.

What goes in a stuffed cabbage roll?

For this easy cabbage roll recipe, we’ve created a delicious stuffing with ground beef, tomato sauce, herbs and cheese. We love how all those savory ingredients balance out the flavor of cooked cabbage leaves perfectly. Plus, these are all ingredients you probably have hanging around in your pantry, which makes homemade cabbage rolls perfect for a casual night in.

Once you’ve tried this version, don’t be afraid to swap ingredients in and out. In Europe, homemade cabbage rolls often include lamb and pork, and some cooks will even serve them with a cream-based sauce instead of tomato sauce.

The world is your cabbage roll!


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup uncooked regular long-grain white rice
  • 1 medium head cabbage, core removed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • 1
    Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. In 2-quart saucepan, heat water and rice to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook 12 to 14 minutes or until rice is tender. Remove from heat.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, in 6-quart Dutch oven, cook whole head of cabbage in enough boiling water to cover about 3 minutes or just until outer leaves are softened. Remove cabbage from water; remove as many leaves as can easily be removed. Return cabbage to water; repeat process until 16 leaves are removed.
  • 3
    In large bowl, beat eggs. Stir in ground beef, onion, salt, oregano, pepper and cooked rice. For each roll, place about 3 tablespoons beef mixture in cooked cabbage leaf; roll up, tucking in ends to completely cover mixture. Place seam side down in baking dish. Pour tomato sauce over rolls. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  • 4
    Cover tightly with foil; bake 50 to 60 minutes or until bubbly around edges, cheese is melted and beef is thoroughly cooked.

Tips from the Pillsbury Kitchens

  • tip 1
    When you’re at the grocery store shopping for cabbage, look for heads with shiny, crisp leaves. Avoid cabbage with wilted or bruised leaves.
  • tip 2
    Substitute ground turkey for ground beef in this stuffed cabbage rolls recipe for a different flavor twist.
  • tip 3
    Love these ground beef-stuffed cabbage rolls? From slow-cooker meals to casseroles, we’ve got even more beef recipes to browse.

Nutrition Information

250 Calories, 11g Total Fat, 18g Protein, 21g Total Carbohydrate, 6g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
4 1/2g
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • This cabbage roll recipe is a great one to start with because it’s surprisingly easy and the ingredients are actually quite basic.
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